For the last few years people have asked me this question: “Mike – how do you get so much done. You seem to be everywhere.”
I never thought too much about it until the last six months, where I have been working on some really big projects. So here is what I have learnt:
Most people spend 90% of their time doing the 90% of stuff that just doesn’t matter
You see it’s pretty simple really. Take Richard Branson, he has no choice – you do. SRB (Sir Richard Branson) has over 300 business interests. If he works ten hours a day that is 600 minutes (an average of two minutes per business). What could you do if you only worked two minutes a day on your business? One things for sure you wouldn’t waste much. You would get straight to the point.
Look there are much better books out there than I could write on the subject. The one I got a lot of value from was Tim Ferriss‘ ‘the four hour work week.’ Poor Tim, ever since he wrote that I doubt he has been busier. Funny isn’t it, most of the lifestylers – me included are some of the busiest people I know… busy creating our lifestyle.
Here is a simple way forward to stop wasting your time getting crappy results.
1. Write down a list of everything you do. Move it into catagories (i.e.. Sales, Marketing, Personal Time, Admin, Training etc)
2. Then study where you put your time for the next month. Break your day into 15 min blocks and record each blocks activities.
3. Look at where you waste time and simply cut out or delegate or outsource that activity.
If you just spent 30% of the time doing the 10% that actually mattered then your business would double, even triple or more.
That’s all for today. I have to go. I have a meeting with my admin and finance person. It’s my first meeting this year with her so it could take 45 minutes, oh and I’ll be away for 6 months now, so we better get stuff done – maybe I’ll allow an hour.
Anyway quickly before I go…
- I have tried to get myself totally paperless and Im about 6 printouts a year from doing so
- I have trained my audience to never ring me. I hardly ever get a phone call
- I have invested in some very cool apps to organise my stuff. Everything you want is there – google it
- I don’t do anything i dislike or am not good at. Some one will always love it – better they do it
- I try and simplify everything. Complexity adds chaos